G-Braves Notes for 6.7.12 at Lehigh Valley

Can Kris Medlen rebound from a shaky first start and help the G-Braves halt the slide? That’s the focus tonight at Lehigh Valley. (Melinda Pease/Gwinnett Braves)

Last night’s 5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley has the G-Braves now 1.5 games behind Charlotte for the South Division lead and wondering what went wrong.  After a tremendous 17-7 April and decent 15-15 May, Gwinnett has opened up June at 1-5.  The offense is hitting just .179 (33-for-184) with one home run and 14 RBIs this month, while the pitching staff is posting a collective 5.29 ERA (30 ER in 51.o IP).  It’s high time to turn things around.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  6.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

Kris Medlen hopes to be a huge part of that turnaround in his second start for the G-Braves tonight.  Medlen struggled through 2.1 innings in his first Triple-A start since the 2009 season his last time out against Charlotte, allowing four runs on five hits including one home run.  If he hopes to be on the fast track to the Atlanta rotation, he’s going to need a much better start this time out.  The G-Braves could use it, their only win in the last eight games remains Julio Teheran’s nine-inning complete-game masterpiece on June 3 at Charlotte.

Medlen (0-1, 15.43) is opposed by veteran right-hander Scott Elarton (5-2, 3.55) of Lehigh Valley tonight in game three of the four-game series in Allentown, PA.  If Elarton’s name sounds familiar, it’s because not long ago he was a pretty solid Major Leaguer.  He pitched 10 MLB seasons from 1998 to 2008 with the likes of Houston, Colorado, Cleveland and Kansas City.  Where’s he been since?  The 36-year-old threw in 16 games for IL South rival Charlotte in 2010, was off the radar in 2011 before being signed to a minor league contract by Philadelphia this season.

Two MLB vets go head to head starting at 7:05 PM tonight, listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

-DL

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